What are the REAL Issues?


Chicago generates the majority of it’s’ revenue from vehicle fees, citations and associated “scofflaws” around the “Wheel Tax” (City Stickers), which includes bicycles to trucks (anything with a wheel). The projected revenue for the 2018 budget is $127 million.

In 2012, newly elected Rahm Emanuel took the advice of a trusted advisor (who pitched the Alderman) to increase the vehicle city sticker violation citation from $120 to $200. This was supposedly done to avoid raising vehicle sticker prices, increase revenue by $16 million, and force compliance of city vehicle sticker purchases. Withstanding, the late fee rose from $40 to $60!

However, while it DID avoid sticker price increases, it DID NOT meet the primary goals of increased revenue and vehicle sticker purchases. More importantly, the violations seem to target primarily African Americans and then lower-income Chicagoans - including Hispanics, Millennial's, Students and Seniors. As a consequence, this has led to some people now having bad credit and even being forced to declare bankruptcy. (Read article).
With a projected revenue of $127 million for Wheel Tax in 2018, how will this be accomplished?
City Clerk Anna M. Valencia announced Jan. 31 through social media that price increases would start in accordance with reported Consumer Price Index changes (which rose over 2% since 2017!!), and take effect Feb. 1. (Read article)

• Motorbikes – $46.49, up from $45.89
• Passenger vehicle – $87.82, up from $86.69
• Large passenger vehicle – $139.48, up from $137.69
• Small truck – $206.63, up from $203.98
• Large truck – $464.92, up from $458.95

“Revenue from the Chicago City Vehicle Sticker Sales Program funds the repair and maintenance of more than 4,000 miles of Chicago streets,” according to the Chicago Office of the City Clerk.

Since Mayor Emmanuel took office is 2012, he has raised the sticker late fees from $40 to $60, raised the compounding violation fee from $160 to $200, and raised the sticker prices by over 2% just this year.


1. The increased late fee ($40-$60) and citation fee ($120 - $200) imposed in 2012 should be reduced by 50% for low-income individuals
2. Low income individuals and seniors should pay a lower fee of $60, with 6 month payment options.
3. Police, Fire, EMT and active Military Personnel should receive the same discount as seniors
4. Violation citation penalties should not be reported to credit agencies and fees should not compound leading to Bankruptcies
5. Notices for renewals and fee changes should be broadcast on TV and all over the media so no one gets hit by scofflaw revenue.

We need to make Chicago Affordable, Accessible and Accountable, and no longer allow Chicago fest off of low income communities for revenue.

Betty for City Clerk Agenda:

The Chicago City Clerk position should include offering creative and innovative ideas, introducing new processes, policies and procedures for consideration that are either more cost-efficient, effective, prudent and\or benefit for ALL Chicagoans. My goal is to make Chicago more Affordable, first and foremost, especially for seniors and low-income Chicagoans.

1. Making Chicago more AFFORDABLE by reducing ALL pricing and fees for Chicago City Windows Stickers and Vehicle Registration for seniors and low income individuals while creating "fee-related" payment plans, grace periods and offering 6 and 12 month payment\renewal options. This would increase revenue (more affordable), save money administratively while putting less people in a financial spiral regarding their vehicles and other fee-based services that we already pay for.

2. Making Chicago more ACCOUNTABLE by ensuring that ALL freedom of information request are granted WITHOUT the necessity of having to file lawsuits to obtain information, records, meeting notes and more. In essence, we need better transparency in general. While Pet registration is on only $5 - and even cheaper for seniors, we need to offer financial and\or tax incentives to landlords who rent to pet owners, as well as incentives to Chicagoans who adopt older dogs to decrease the number of dogs that are euthanized in Chicago because both are problems not being addressed.

3. Making Chicago more ACCESSIBLE by making common and simple request for deeds, business license replacements easier to obtain, and pricing should be reduced for low-income and senior Chicagoans. The communication should be better between the City Clerks’ Office as well, with reminder emails for registrations and a running BLOG should be put up by the Clerk with NEWS, updates and more to be accessed via computer or a phone, along with a complaint, suggestion and problems form that is monitored by the Clerk's office.

Who is Betty Ibarra?


Elizabeth Arias-Ibarra was born and raised in Chicago, attended Jones College Prep High School, and later obtained a Bachelor Degree in Accounting from National Louis University.

After completing her formal education, Elizabeth began a rather modest corporate career as a telephone operator, but had no problem whatsoever starting at the bottom and working her way up the corporate ladder. In fact, Elizabeth is currently embarking on her 20th year in Corporate America and holds the distinguished title of Vice President at a major Financial Institution in Chicago.

In addition to developing a successful corporate career, Elizabeth also owns a successful Taxation and Consulting Business in Pilsen, where she has resided for over 22 years while raising three children who are between middle school and a senior in college.

Raised by a single mother in the Tri-Taylor neighborhood, Elizabeth, as a child saw firsthand how difficult it can be for families to make ends meet and children to find fun, safe places to play. She knew that with hard work, education and honesty she could make a difference by reaching out and giving back to her community later in life.

Over the past 20 years, Elizabeth has spent thousands of hours and dollars volunteering, donating, supporting and advocating for Chicago’s South Side communities. Not only does she offer free and low cost Taxation, Consulting and other services to her community, she’s helped several families save their homes by helping them modify their mortgages. She has acted as Assistant Coach for Little League Baseball, helped manage 2 little league football teams, supported, assisted and protected harassment victims in the workplace, as well as supported Human and Women’s rights and much more!

Reach Out and Give Back Chicago! - Betty

Making Chicago Accountable, Accessible and Affordable through Courage, Resilience, Opportunity and Vision for ALL, thus making Chicago work better for YOU!


What's New in The Campaign:

December 16, 2018

Press Release-Coming Soon!

November 26, 2018

Paperwork and Signature Turn-in Day!

November 26, 2018

Betty at a soup kitchen

Useful information

What does the Chicago City Clerk do?

In Chicago, the City Clerk is one of only three city-wide elected positions, along with the Mayor and Treasurer.

A city clerk is a public official whose principal duties include keeping records or accounts for the municipality and other duties prescribed by law. The position is central to government transparency because the clerk is responsible for keeping and making official records and legislation accessible to city residents. Clerks also play an important role in the system of checks and balances by offering perspectives, policies, and opinions that are independent from other municipal offices. In some places, these public officials may be known as the "village clerk" or "town clerk." Whatever the name, these are among the oldest public servant positions in American government history.

The Chicago Office of the City Clerk is the most visited office in Chicago government. We provide the following services and functions:

- Collecting, docketing, and securely storing the City’s official records, namely City Council legislation
- Providing public access to legislation, laws, records, and reports
- Selling City Vehicle Stickers for approximately 1.3 million vehicles helps maintain Chicago's 4,000 miles of streets
- Selling Residential Zone Parking Permits
- Issuing automatic amusement device license
- Implementing and administering the Municipal ID program
- Administering the City’s Dog Registration program

What do the stars mean in the Chicago Flag?

The flag was originally designed in 1917. The bottom blue stripe represents the South Branch of the river and the canal, and the top blue stripe represents the North Side of the canal. The 2 White Stripes represent the North, South and West Sides of Chicago.

The four six-pointed red stars represent major historical events: 1912 Battle of Fort Dearborn, the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, and the Century of Progress Exposition of 1933–34.

The six points on the STARS represent the virtues of religion, education, aesthetics, justice, beneficence, and civic pride.

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